Monday morning we had planned to go to the Marche Aux Puces de St. Ouen, since searching for buried treasure (even at flea markets) is a pastime of Jeremy’s. However, the market didn’t open until 11 and we tend to be the up -and-at-’em type. We decided to hit the road but not before looking to see what notable stops were along the way. We decided to go through the Champagne region of France and make a stop in the city of Reims. According to Rick Steves, Reims rhymes with France. I know I’m not fluent in French but personally I have my doubts. I’m not saying Rick is lying, I’m just saying I don’t get it.
We drove past this Roman gate (Porte Mars) on our way through town.
This is the Champagne region of France so I had aspirations of a tour in the Champagne caves. Sadly, we were off-season so there were limited tours and they did not fit into our schedule. We did buy some bubbly though.
The next stop was an unassuming building which was Eisenhower’s headquarters (in France) during World War II. It was also the location of the German surrender and there is a small museum commemorating the event.
This is exactly where General Jodl sat and waved the white flag (figuratively speaking, of course.)
The walls were still covered with maps. Imagine the challenge of planning a war without computers, GPS, and modern communication devices!
We visited another Cathedrale Notre-Dame, which looks like the cousin of the Parisian one. It is notable for being the site of the coronation of many French kings.
It is showing its age a bit – after all it is about 900 years old.
I loved seeing these modern stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall in the 20th century. Gorgeous!
This building was quite chilly. Those vaulted ceilings are probably not energy efficient.
After seeing the sights we had lunch at a local cafe and then headed home!